The ACS Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) funds new Division projects through Technical Division Innovative Project Grants (IPGs). This program encourages Technical Divisions to conceive of and implement innovative projects to strengthen the functioning of the Division.
Proposed innovative projects must 1) be new to the applying Division (intended to “seed” new ideas); 2) stimulate Division member involvement; and 3) be pilot projects for a continuing Division activity, or else take advantage of a unique upcoming opportunity for the Division.
Projects that support interaction with other ACS local sections, ACS Divisions, ACS committees, ACS international student chapters, other professional associations, or community groups are especially encouraged, as are programs that foster inclusiveness and participation of diverse Division membership.
Divisions may be awarded funding for up to two projects totaling up to $12,500 in a calendar year, and may have no more than two active proposals during any one review cycle. The maximum funding per project is $7,500. DAC may, at its discretion, reserve up to 10% of available funds to support Division programs related to thematic programming. DAC reviews IPG proposals in two cycles each year.
Once every five years, divisions may request up to $2,000 for IPG proposals specifically pertaining to strategic planning, which is deducted from the maximum $12,500 pool of allowable funds, leaving $10,500 for funding for up to two technical proposals (for a total of three IPGs when one IPG is for strategic planning with a total dollar amount not to exceed $12,500).
Proposals for joint projects are permitted but must include signed letters from each participating division. Funding will be split evenly between divisions unless otherwise specified in the proposal. A joint-division application with identical proposals will be limited to funding of $12,500 split evenly between the two Divisions.
There are some restrictions on IPG funding. Specifically, funds from the IPG program may not be used for:
IPG events can focus on one or more of the following strategies:
The submission deadlines are February 1 (Spring round) and July 1 (Fall round), and these dates are consistent from year to year. Proposals submitted by February 1 will be reviewed at the Spring ACS National Meeting, and may be awarded, denied, or deferred. Funds for the awarded proposals will be transferred to the Division treasuries no later than May 1. Spring proposals may be deferred until the Fall to maximize resources if the proposed activities will occur well after the Fall ACS National Meeting, or if clarification is desired. Denials are effective for the remainder of the calendar year; for example, a proposal denied during the Spring cycle cannot be resubmitted until the following calendar year.
Proposals submitted between February 2 and July 1 will be considered during the Fall review cycle, and will be either funded or denied. Funds for the accepted proposals will be transferred to the Division treasuries no later than December 31.
The IPG proposal may be submitted by any member of the applying Division, but must be accompanied by a letter of support from the current Division chair.
The IPG application form details the requirements, which include:
Innovative Project Grants are funded by the Divisional Activities Committee to experiment with new ideas and approaches to engaging members. Every division that receives an IPG files a report on their activity and the outcomes.
If you are contemplating submitting a grant proposal or writing a final report, please review the following examples of successful events and reporting.